Keith's Theatre (Boston)

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Keith's Theatre, Tremont Street, Boston, c. 1906 (Library of Congress)

B.F. Keith's Theatre (1894–1928) in Boston, Massachusetts, was a vaudeville playhouse run by B.F. Keith. It sat across from Boston Common in the city's theatre district, with an entrance on Tremont Street and another on Washington Street.[1] Personnel included Keith, E.F. Albee and H.E. Gustin.[2] Virgilio Tojetti painted some of the interior decorations.[3][4] In 1939, the theater was converted to a movie theater named the Normandie.[5]



  1. ^ Keith's Theatre, no.547 Washington and no.163 Tremont. Boston Register and Business Directory, 1918, 1921
  2. ^ Cahn-Leighton Official Theatrical Guide. NY. 1913.
  3. ^ "Keith's Tremont Street Entrance". The Opera Glass. 4 (10). October 1897.
  4. ^ "Virgilio Tojetti (1849-1901)". Public Opinion. 30. April 4, 1901.
  5. ^ Boston Athenaeum. "Theater History: Keith's Theatre (1894-1952), 547 Washington Street". Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  6. ^ a b Deac Rossell (Summer 1995). "A Chronology of Cinema, 1889-1896". Film History. 7.

Further reading[edit]

  • B.F. Keith's New Theatre., Boston: printed by Geo. H. Walker & Co., 1894
  • E.T. Adams. "Artistic Engine-Room Interiors." Engineering Magazine, v.10, no.6, March 1896
  • Frank Cullen. Vaudeville old & new: an encyclopedia of variety performances in America. NY: Routledge, 2004

External links[edit]

  • B. F. Keith's Theatre, 547 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02458
  • Library of Congress. Drawing of Shubert Apollo Theatre (formerly B.F. Keith's Theatre), Tremont St. opposite the Common, and B.F. Keith's Vaudeville, Washington St., Boston, Massachusetts, 1931.


Coordinates: 42°21′14.55″N 71°3′49.13″W / 42.3540417°N 71.0636472°W / 42.3540417; -71.0636472